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Key Happy With Norman Race In Mt Albert

Key Happy With Norman Race In Mt Albert
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Green co-leader Russel Norman's decision to stand in Mt Albert is a boost for National and shows poor relations between the smaller party and Labour, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key Says NZ Well Prepared To Handle Swine Flu

Key Says NZ Well Prepared To Handle Swine Flu
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - New Zealand is well prepared to handle swine flu and has increased surveillance, Prime Minister John Key says.

Poll Shows National Still On Top

Poll Shows National Still On Top
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - National is still riding high on the popularity that saw it elected and Prime Minister John Key is miles ahead of opposition leader Phil Goff in the preferred prime minister stakes, a TV3 poll shows.

Hide Says Asset Sales Will Be Up To New Super Council

Hide Says Asset Sales Will Be Up To New Super Council
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says it will be up to the future Auckland super city council whether or not it sells off assets, despite his personal preference to do so.

Labour Joins Criticism Of Job Cuts At Justice Ministry

Labour Joins Criticism Of Job Cuts At Justice Ministry
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - A Justice Ministry proposal to slash jobs has been roundly condemned, with both the Labour Party and the country's largest union saying it will cause further court delays.

New Research Centre Opened

New Research Centre Opened
Wellington, April 24 NZPA - A new medical research centre has opened. The National Research Centre for Stroke, Applied Neurosciences and Neurorehabilitation is the first centre of its kind in New Zealand.

Business Sector Welcomes Extended Nine-day Fortnight Scheme

Wellington, April 24 NZPA - The Government is winning praise from the business sector for extending its nine-day fortnight job protection scheme to include companies with 50 to 100 workers. Prime Minister John Key announced the extension yesterday.

New Development Programme For Adult Education

New Development Programme For Adult Education
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The Government has announced an agreement for a professional development programme in the adult literacy and numeracy sector.

Nine-Day Fortnight Scheme To Be Expanded, Key Says

Nine-Day Fortnight Scheme To Be Expanded, Key Says
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The Government is expanding its nine-day fortnight job support scheme to include businesses with 50 to 100 workers, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Costs Of Domestic Flights Likely To Rise

Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The price of domestic flights on small planes may increase $5 a passenger if the Government adopts new security screening measures. An alleged hijacking last year prompted a review of aviation security which found some domestic flights to be at high-risk.

Labour Says Govt Will Break Tax Cuts Promise

Labour Says Govt Will Break Tax Cuts Promise
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English has laid out a grim economic scenario as he prepares his May 28 budget and Labour says the Government is getting ready to break its tax cuts promise.

Work To Start On Speeding Up Treaty Settlement Process

Work To Start On Speeding Up Treaty Settlement Process
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - Government officials and Maori claimants are set to start work on a set of proposals designed to speed up the treaty settlement process.

Bill English Dampens Down Expectations For Budget

Bill English Dampens Down Expectations For Budget
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English today prepared the ground for a tough budget next month in a speech painting a bleak picture of the country's economy which could see promised tax cuts dropped.

Greenpeace Angry Over Park Turned Into Coal Mine

Greenpeace Angry Over Park Turned Into Coal Mine
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Greenpeace is appalled the Government could turn a small piece of a conservation park into a coal mine.

Bill English Dampens Down Expectations For Budget

Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English today prepared the ground for a tough budget next month in a speech painting a bleak picture of the country's economy which could see promised tax cuts dropped.

Govt Searches For Ways To Meet Settlement Goal

Govt Searches For Ways To Meet Settlement Goal
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Another 60 historical treaty claims have to be settled before the process is complete, a hui called to find ways to speed it up was told today.

Funding To Be Extended For Industry Trainees Made Redundant

Funding To Be Extended For Industry Trainees Made Redundant
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The Government has extended funding for people made redundant while undertaking industry training so they can continue to study and find a new job.

McCully Calls For Restraint In Sri Lanka

McCully Calls For Restraint In Sri Lanka
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - New Zealand is calling on both sides of violence in Sri Lanka to show restraint. Foreign Minister Murray McCully appealed to Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tigers to heed international calls to stop fighting.

Labour Accuse McCully Of Being A Bully

Labour Accuse McCully Of Being A Bully
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Labour has accused Foreign Minister Murray McCully of trying to muzzle Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.

`Three Strikes' Policy Could Silence Family Violence Victims

`Three Strikes' Policy Could Silence Family Violence Victims
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The "three-strikes" policy is likely to increase the level of unreported family violence, a survey of ex-offenders and their families has found.

Slice Of Conservation Park Cut Off For Energy

Slice Of Conservation Park Cut Off For Energy
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - A small slice of a conservation park is being shaved off to allow future mining for energy production.

Gerry Brownlee Attending Pacific Energy Ministers' Meeting

Gerry Brownlee Attending Pacific Energy Ministers' Meeting
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Pacific energy ministers, including New Zealand's Gerry Brownlee, are in Tonga to talk about how the region can work together to meet its energy needs.

PM Wants To See More Flexible, Faster, Treaty Settlement Process

PM Wants To See More Flexible, Faster, Treaty Settlement Process
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The Treaty of Waitangi settlement process will need to become more flexible to reach the 2014 target and see "all Maori standing strong", Prime Minister John Key said at a large hui in Auckland today.

McCully Says Un Being "Hypocritical"

McCully Says Un Being "Hypocritical"
Wellington, Nov 22 NZPA - Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has criticised the UN saying it was "hypocritical" to call for elections in Fiji and yet to continue using Fijian soldiers. Fiji has 282 troops, military observers or police employed in UN missions around the world.

Race Relations Commissioner In Hot Water With McCully

Race Relations Commissioner In Hot Water With McCully
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has angered Foreign Minister Murray McCully with his criticism of the Government's non-attendance at the United Nations anti-racism conference.

Defence Force Review Will Look At Selling, Leasing Back Bases

Defence Force Review Will Look At Selling, Leasing Back Bases
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Army, navy and airforce bases could be sold to the private sector and leased back under a new review of the New Zealand Defence Force.

Nick Smith Married At Weekend

Nick Smith Married At Weekend
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Cabinet Minister Nick Smith married partner Linley Newport at a ceremony in his Nelson electorate at the weekend. The Nelson Mail reported the wedding was held by Waimea Estuary on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Off To Singapore For Talks, Meetings

Foreign Minister Off To Singapore For Talks, Meetings
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully leaves today for Singapore where he will give a speech at the New Zealand Business Forum and meet senior Singaporean ministers.

Key Defends Recession-Fighting Strategy

Key Defends Recession-Fighting Strategy
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - The Government is promising more job-saving initiatives as it counters criticism that it hasn't delivered effective recession-fighting programmes.

Govt Announces Review Of Business Assistance

Govt Announces Review Of Business Assistance
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - The Government is reviewing assistance it gives to business, Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee said today.

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